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November 7th, 2013
In the past two weeks I’ve heard and read a lot about team character and chemistry. It’s always struck me as an athlete and an observer the intangibles matter, and for sure three recent teams have done nothing to change my mind.
STARKSBORO — In 1965, Lyndon Johnson was president, Apollo 11 had yet to land on the moon, a first-class stamp cost a nickel and a gallon of gas 31 cents.
It was also the year Joyce Shepard started working as a cook at Starksboro’s Robinson Elementary School. She retired in this past summer, after 48 years.
“I just liked working with the kids,” Shepard said. “It kept me young.”
Principal Patrick Hartnett likened Shepard’s tenure to that of a baseball Hall of Famer.
Mount Abraham captured state titles in field hockey and boys' soccer this past weekend, while Middlebury football won to advance to the state final vs South Burlington Nov. 9. Trent Campbell and Ben Kaufmann snapped these photos.
BRANDON — Two years, two months and numerous mistakes have landed the town of Brandon back to square one without office space and now, a deadline to find some, fast.
The long-overdue renovation of the town offices on Center Street ground to a halt last week after the Vermont League of Cities and Towns settled the town’s claim on the building at a much lower payout than anticipated.
VERGENNES — Vergennes officials and a resident who is petitioning against the city council’s support of the proposed Vermont Gas Systems pipeline extension last week again mutually agreed to delay accepting his petition.
That delay is intended to make sure voting on the petition can occur on the same day as a planned Vergennes Union High School bond vote.
MIDDLEBURY — Award-winning scientist, author and educator Sean B. Carroll will give a one-hour lecture on Thursday, Nov. 14, titled “Brave Genius: A Scientist’s Journey from the French Resistance to the Nobel Prize.” The event, targeted to a general audience, will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Dana Auditorium at Middlebury College.
MIDDLEBURY — Small business owners and entrepreneurs associated with Vermont’s working lands will gather with capital and service providers in Addison County on Thursday, Nov. 7, for the third annual Financing the Working Landscape Conference. The annual business symposium, which is produced by Addison County Economic Development Corp. (ACEDC) and Addison County Relocalization Network (ACORN) and features entrepreneur pitches and expert feedback on specific growth challenges, begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Middlebury American Legion.
VERMONT — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is reminding deer hunters that Vermont’s youth, rifle and muzzleloader seasons fall on relatively late dates this year. Youth weekend is Nov. 9-10 and rifle season begins on Nov. 16. Both seasons are beginning one weekend later than normal. Muzzleloader season begins on Dec. 7.